Surgical robots - horizon scanning review

Record ID 32001000027
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available evidence on the use of surgical robots.

Authors' recommendations: Several surgical robot systems are in clinical trials in the UK or Europe whilst others including EndoAssist, RoboDoc and AESOP are in the early stages of diffusion. However the number of robotic systems remains low and many are being used for research (even if approved). It is difficult to assess the general usefulness of most of these systems at this time. However the intern replacement systems (AESOP, EndoAssist) may be more likely to diffuse because of their potential to reduce operating theatre staff. The benefits and risks of using these systems in the NHS will need careful evaluation. Other systems such as the telesurgical systems, orthopaedic positioning and bone cutting systems will not reduce staff requirements and may lead to increased patient pre-operative planning visits. However improved accuracy, achievement of the planned surgery and the need for fewer revisions are claimed. Again the overall benefits and risks associated with each systems will need assessment at the optimum time.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
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English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: England, United Kingdom
MeSH Terms
  • Robotics
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative
Organisation Name: NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre
Contact Address: The NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre, Department of Public Health, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, School of Health and Population Sciences, University of Birmingham, 90 Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2SP. United Kingdom. Tel: +44 121 414 7831, Fax: +44 121 2269
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Copyright: National Horizon Scanning Centre
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